The Observatory Volume 27

The Observatory Volume 27

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...carried at either Oxford or Cambridge; previous proposals have always been thrown out by large majorities of 2 or 3 to 1, excepting only a proposal made about a year ago here in Oxford, which was lost by a majority so small as to encourage another attempt on slightly different lines. To those who are not familiar with the English educational system, it may perhaps be explained that what is called "Compulsory Greek," i. e. an examination in Greek which every student must pass on coming to the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge, has a considerable effect on our public school system, viz. so much time and attention is devoted to the classics that it is impossible Vol. xxvii. o to devote proper attention to mathematics, natural science, and modern languages--so, at any rate, tlie headmasters of our great public schools say. It is believed that they will welcome some relaxation of this necessity, which would enable more of a scientific education to be introduced into schools. The Royal Society, acting on this belief, has recently addressed a memorial to the Universities urging them to consider the undue neglect of science in our public schools at the present time, and whether they can take any steps to remedy it. The memorial was sent to all English Universities, and the copy of it addressed to Oxford (which was identical with the others) appeared in the Times of February 19. The memorial is the outcome of the Address of the President of the lioyal Society in November 1902, of which a paragraph was quoted in these Notes in January 1903. In the introduction to his edition of Marco Polo's travels, Col. Yule quotes from Pietro of Abano a curious reference to the greater Magellanic Cloud: --" In the country of the Zingi there is...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236920996
  • 9781236920997